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Upcoming CT Events: August 7th – 16th

Friday, August 7th

Sunflower Festival

Location: The Farm, Woodbury CT

Discover some peace from this world’s challenging times in our tranquil sunflower field. Wander through our 18 varieties of exquisite sunflowers thriving across four acres. These sunflowers are an array of brilliant colors: reds, yellows, cream, white, orange, and even green. This fulfilling two hour experience culminates in your choice of cutting one of the beautiful blossoms discovered on your walk to take home.

What’s more, our two Woodbury farms are comprised of woods, rivers, and fields. Some fields, like that of the sunflowers, are used to grow vegetables and fun experiences for our farm guests. When you visit the sunflower festival, be sure to stop by our Farm Stand to browse our produce, pantry, frozen, and flourishing plant items, many of which are grown right here on our farm. For your enjoyment, we also have cold water and iced tea available at our snack barn window. Food trucks are available Friday through Sunday of the festival weeks. Look out for announcements about add on events, such as yoga in the sunflowers, painting class, and sunflowers at sunset evenings! These events will be priced above the regular ticket price, and announced through our Facebook page and mailing list. Open Fri. – Sun, 10-6pm through Aug., 23 . Tickets $10 and up. For more information, call (203) 263-4550 Ext. 2 or visit, here.

An Unfinished Revolution: The Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Location: Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich CT

A dynamic exhibition that showcases the role Greenwich women played on the national stage in achieving the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment. Featuring a wide variety of historic objects from museums, libraries, private collections and descendants of suffragists to illustrate the long struggle for the right to vote. Free with regular museum admission.Through September 6  Wed – Sun. Noon-4pm. For more information, call (203) 869-6899 or visit, here.

Saturday, August 8th

New Canaan Sculpture Trail (Daily)

Time & Location: 9am-6pm, Waveny Park, New Canaan CT

The Carriage Barn Arts Center has partnered with the New Canaan Land Trust to create the New Canaan Sculpture Trail, an exhibition that celebrates Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. By joining art and nature, this inaugural outdoor art installation promises to connect residents and visitors to our natural surroundings.

The New Canaan Sculpture Trail features eight juried outdoor sculptures, installed at six New Canaan Land Trust preserves, the front lawn of the New Canaan Town Hall, and the courtyard of the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park. Each sculpture was evaluated by its ability to respond to the geography of the individual properties while meeting the criteria of being visually engaging, interactive, and distinctive. Through October 31. Admission is free. For more information call (203) 972-1270 or visit, here.

Norwalk Islands Sunset Cruise

Location: Norwalk Seaport Association Dock, Norwalk CT

Visitors can board the Seaport Association’s 45-foot  C.J. Toth catamaran for a relaxing two-hour cruise through Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound.  Join us for one of the most exciting tours that the Norwalk Harbor Islands area has to offer! During this unforgettable adventure tour of outer reaches of Norwalk Harbor providing unique views of the city and the surrounding waterways. Tickets: $30 For more information contact (203) 838-9444  or visit, here.

Capacity is limited to 25 passengers. Cruises do sell out. We recommend you purchase your tickets in advance. (Walk-up tickets are sold, space permitting. Ask the cashier when you arrive).

Britain In The World: A Display of the Collections

Location: Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

In 2016, the third phase of an important multiyear building conservation project was completed, and visitors can now experience not only a renewed masterpiece of modern architecture by Louis I. Kahn but also a freshly reimagined installation of the Center’s collections. Nearly four hundred works, largely the gift of the institution’s founder, Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), and augmented by other gifts and purchases, are on display in the restored and reconfigured galleries on the fourth and second floor. Through December 31. Admission is free. For more information call (203) 432-2800  or visit, here.

Sunday, August 9th

Mozart’s Le  Nozze Di Figaro

Time & Location: 2pm, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT

ENCORE PRESENTATION IN HD The Met assembled a vocal dream team for Jonathan Miller’s stylish production of the eternal Mozart masterpiece: Renée Fleming as the Countess, Cecilia Bartoli as Susanna, and Bryn Terfel as Figaro. With James Levine—one of the world’s great conductors of Mozart—in the pit, Bartoli interpolating two rarely heard alternate arias, and Dwayne Croft as the Count and Susanne Mentzer as Cherubino, this is a performance for the record books. Run time 3 hours, 3 minutes

Tickets: $25 | Members & Seniors $20 | Students $15 | 18 & under FREE
FREE tickets for students 18 & under! Please call the box office to reserve.
AAA members receive a 20% discount!

For more information, click here.

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Young Poets Day with Mahogany L. Browne

Time & Location: 5pm, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington CT

Hill-Stead Museum’s renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event that takes place on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington, CT. Picnics are welcome and food and wine can also be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and choose a spot among the flower beds, surrounded by eight-foot stone walls and the sounds of nature.

Inspired by the surroundings, many attendees take the opportunity to write their own poetry and prose, lingering after dusk to finish their poems and conversations. Hill-Stead is proud to make the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival accessible to all.. Tickets: $15 in advance (online), $20 at the gate, youth (18 and under) free.For more information call  (860) 677-4787 or visit, here.

Monday, August 10th

Virtual: 53rd Annual Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Featuring Leala Cyr

Time: 7-8pm

The Hartford Jazz Society if offering free live streaming events to correspond with the concerts that were planned this summer. Continuing the tradition of the nation’s longest-running free jazz concert series. Ends August 17. For more information call (860) 242-6688 or visit, here.

Tuesday, August 11th

Live Virtual Programs at Meigs Point Nature Center

Time: 11am

Join Ranger Russ on Facebook Live or YouTube as we take a closer look at the animals at Meigs Point Nature Center, around Hammonasset Beach State Park and on virtual fields trips to other state parks. Tues – Fri. Free. Program ends Sept., 25th. For more information call (203) 245-8743 or visit, here.

Wednesday, August 12th

Sunset Paddle Tours

Time & Location: 5-7:30pm, Old Lyme, CT

Dusk is a great time to be out on a SUP enjoying the views as the sun slips low in the sky. Paddling at sunset is the most beautiful time to be on the water. As COVID-19 joins us this summer, we are happy to offer safe, sanitized, and responsible sunset tours on the water where social distancing is super easy!

Join instructor/guide, Kevin Gallagher, for a sunset tour of the Great Island Estuary here in Beautiful Old Lyme, CT. After some basic instruction, we’ll take a paddle tour of the area and find a spot to watch the sunset out on our pristine waters. This is a great way to unwind from the day, relax, and meet new friends.  $65 (gratuity not included). Call for details. (860) 434-9680 or visit, here.

Thursday, August 13th

History Happy Hour! Virtual Vintage Cocktails

Time: 5pm 

Every Thursday at 5 p.m., Westport Museum for History and Culture will raise a glass to the past with our new vintage cocktail series produced with CTbites. Follow along and learn how to make these classics along with history you can drink to. We’ll upload a new video every Thursday to our Facebook page Westport Museum for History & Culture and on CTBites.com. Recipes at virtualhistorywestport.org/recipes. Through August, 27th. For more information call (203) 222-1424 or visit, here.

Friday, August 14th

Summer Concert Series: 2 Cat Zoo

Time & Location: 6-9pm, Stonington Vineyards, Stonington CT

Friday night summer music series, a seasonal tradition of music, food and wine. Stonington Vineyards welcomes the area’s best acts for a relaxing evening of music on the outdoor patio. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and light bites to enjoy. Friday only. No admissions at the door. Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets: $10. For more information call (860) 535-1222 or visit, here.

Saturday, August 15th

Grace Potter

Time & Location: 4pm & 8pm @ Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT

A great outdoor concert presented by The Ridgefield Playhouse at Ballard Park (485 Main Street, Ridgefield). If you are a long time member of The Ridgefield Playhouse, you may remember when we first had Grace Potter on our stage as the opening act for Derek Trucks back in 2006 and then as a headliner for many years after that. We are lucky to yet again be hosting “one of the greatest living voices in rock today,” as described by Spin Magazine.

Grace Potter has not only shared a stage with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, the Allman Brothers, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, and The Roots to name just a few, but she has played every major music festival from Coachella and Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and Rock in Rio, and even created her own thriving music festival, Burlington’s Grand Point North. Potter has also collaborated with the Flaming Lips for a Tim Burton film, written and produced music for film and television and recorded two Grammy-nominated, multiplatinum singles with her friend Kenny Chesney. Please call for details about parking and COVID protocols. Rain or shine. Tickets $65, VIP $200. Contact information: (203) 438-5795 or visit, here.

Yoga In The Sunflowers

Time & Location: 9-10am, The Farm at Woodbury, Woodbury CT

Yoga with Lizzie. Her teaching style is anatomically focused, joyful, and sprinkled with playtime.  She believes that yoga is for everybody no matter their flexibility or strength level. The yoga mat is a little island where you are free to explore and express yourself, without the restrictions of judgment or commitment.  She loves that through teaching yoga she gets to witness the positive influences that her craft has on students’ lives.  Her yoga classes evoke mind, body, spirit connection, increased mobility, flexibility and fun!

Yoga with Lizzie requests that you bring the following along with you for the most fulfilling yoga experience: yoga mat, towel, sunscreen, and water. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to get situated and out to the yoga area. Admission $29.95 . Call (203) 263-4550 or visit, here.

Sunday, August 16th

Birding Cruises

Time & Location: 8:30am, The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk CT

The cruises aboard the Aquarium’s quiet hybrid-electric research vessel will bring bird watchers close to the Norwalk Islands, just outside the city harbor, to look for osprey, oystercatchers terns, egrets, herons and more.

We look forward to welcoming you back on the water, and as always the safety of our passengers and crew remains our top priority. We are closely monitoring the pandemic and corresponding C.D.C., State, and U.S.C.G. regulations and guidelines and will continue to update and adapt our protocols accordingly. Advance reservations required. Tickets: $41.50. For current cruise policies and COVID protocols, call (203) 852-0700 or visit, here.

A Sculpture Affair

Location: Downtown area, Putnam CT

The Town of Putnam and Putnam Arts Council are having an “AFFAIR” (A LOVE OF ART AFFAIR).

A two-month long “Sculpture Affair” that will take place in the Business District and along the Putnam River Trail. Ending Sept., 4th. Artist Dale Rogers, the man who created our present sculptures, Bird in Hand (Rotary Park)- 4 People (River Trail) and Big Dog (entrance to Dog Park) has installed a display that makes the “Sculpture Affair” an artistic collection of more than 20 sculptures for people to enjoy while walking in our community.

There are woodland animals for the youngsters, symbolic pieces of love for the young at heart and sculptures that make you stop and think while you roam the fanciful streets of Putnam. Families and friends are walking to stay healthy during these unprecedented times. What better way to spend a day than to walk Putnam and see the beautiful, solid, large 3-D sculptures that combine the love of abstract geometrics with organic lines and figurative appeal.

The best way to enjoy the sculptures is to use the “Sculpture Affair” Map/Guide that you can acquire at the Putnam restaurants and businesses. Also you can go to the WINY 1350 am / 97.1 fm Facebook page along with the Discover Putnam and Town of Putnam Facebook pages. Websites to find the guide are winyradio.com, putnamct.org  and discoverputnam.com. For information, call (800) 604-1512 or visit, here.

We hope you’re able to enjoy some of these wonderful local events across Connecticut and online! We wish you all continued happiness, health and safety during these unusual times! Have an upcoming event or online gathering? Send it our way via paul@ctvoice.com

 

 


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